We here at Dawgsports don't claim to be pro football experts. Heck, but for the former Bulldogs in the NFL we probably wouldn't pay it much attention at all.
But since the NFL Draft is tomorrow, and it is a spectacle second only to observing a troupe of capuchin monkeys armed with tasers (seriously, I highly recommend this . . .) I thought it would be a good idea to give it some attention. So in lieu of Free Form Friday, these are my free form thoughts on the NFL Draft.
- Unless Kyle does it, there won't be a Dawgsports Draft Liveblog or open comment thread. However, Dave the Falconer over at The Falcoholic will be live blogging that sucker, much as he did last year. That was a lot of fun, especially the part where yours truly, along with a bunch of other armchair GMs, proclaimed that Matt Ryan was the wrong pick for the Falcons. Again, there's a reason you don't want to take me to Vegas with you. Several, actually.
- I keep reading that MoMass is moving up peoples' boards. His pro day in Athens was a lot more impressive than his combine performance (which was borderline painful to watch). I'm convinced he's a guy who will stick in the league for a while and make somebody a great #2 receiver. He's tough, he's willing to block, and since his junior season he's had hands of velcro. Think Reggie Brown, but with better ball skills.
- If the Lions do not take Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick, they have pulled off an amazing ruse. There's been very little talk of them taking anyone else, even though Mike Mayock and a host of other talking heads are screaming that it's an awful move. While a lot of Georgia fans have said we should hope that Stafford is the top overall pick because this will help our quarterback recruiting, I have to ask: how many elite quarterbacks has Utah signed since Alex Smith was drafted? I don't think having the top draft pick moves the needle appreciably for a program. At least not as much as consistently putting guys in the NFL.
- I also read recently that Corvey Irvin has intrigued some teams. If he or Jarius Wynn gets picked, I would be very, very happy for them. Because it's a long way from Georgia Military College to the NFL. Both guys came to Georgia as JUCO players expected to contribute from day one, and that's exactly what they did, even if neither was first team All -SEC.
- I have absolutely no idea where Knowshon is going. I think different mock drafts have him going all over the second half of the first round. I think however that Arizona would be a perfect place for him. They have weapons on the outsides at receiver, an aging but competent quarterback who would be great to learn the offense with, and an offensive line that's as good as almost any other he could play behind. Plus, if the Cardinals started Leonard Pope at tight end and Knowshon Rockwell Moreno at tailback, it would give me another NFL team to care about.
- The Falcons are the prohibitive leader for "best weekend" at the draft before the draft even starts. They picked up Tony Gonzalez, a future Hall of Fame tight end who still has some tread left on the tires, for a second round pick in next season's draft. Think about that. They can see what Gonzalez does this year, and if they're not impressed still have time to unload him for a fourth round pick in next year's draft. At that point, all they're out is one year's salary and two rounds in the 2010 draft. That's a slight price to pay for one of the top 5 tight ends in the league.
- Somebody in this draft is going to pick Ole Miss's Michael Oher, and he will start for them for a long time. I remember he dominated everybody we sent against him in 2007 in Athens, during a game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated because of Ole Miss's ability to run the football early.
- I'm a lot less certain of LSU's Herrman Johnson. I understand that he's bigger than Christmas, but so are a lot of guys. I just don't know if he has the feet to be a longterm NFL offensive linemen. Any of you LSU guys who hang around the place want to change my mind?
- I'm not sure I've ever heard so many people doubt a player's character as I have heard doubt Percy Harvin's. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said (and I might be paraphrasing slightly here) that he's "a first round talent with free agent character". You'd think the guy was Kim Jong Il's barber or something. I'd be more concerned that Harvin is the Ferrari of college football players: fastest thing on the road, except when it's stuck in the shop. Which is most of the time.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming crapshoot, err, um, draft?